French weavers take A/W 2013/14 creations to London Textile Fair

Top Quote For the first time, there will be a French Pavilion showcasing 10 participating companies at the London Textile Fair on 18 and 19 July 2012. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 05, 2012 - The Pavilion is organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, the national trade association that assists French companies in the textile sector in their export drive: Tisslaine supports the creation of collections by arranging meetings to discuss trends in fashion and in consumer behaviour.

    "The autumn-winter [A/W] 2013/14 season has three principal colour groups: subtly coloured winter pastels, saturated dark colours and bright tones wakened by spots of colour. This season makes the link between the expression of contemporary fashion and the references to the past, with rich influences from Asia and Latin America," explains Anna Franquesa, Stylist at Tisslaine.

    Anna Franquesa continues, "Amongst the strongest trends from the French textile producers are geometric patterns. These patterns create a feeling of depth by giving perspective to discreet shapes like houndstooth or small tie patterns that are reinterpreted using a feminine twist and ethnic inspirations, often resulting in the extravagant. The black-and-white duo makes its comeback and has been altered to create a sense of movement and a new appeal."

    Tweeds and mottled/smudged designs are also at the forefront of the A/W 13/14 season's collection, incorporating strokes of colour, thin yarns and thick fluffy yarn, creating a rich macramé effect. Often, these fabrics include metallic fibres, which make for a lavish Baroque-like piece.

    Additionally, this season will use soft, supple materials that imitate suede and leather, such as Duchess Satin, along with brilliant Jacquards and brocades, as well as grained materials, including crêpes. Designs contain reptile and wildcat motifs, patchwork effects, and reshaped squares and stripes.

    Britain is the sixth largest export market for the French textile sector (2011 figures), with exports of textile goods to the UK reaching €420 million (up by 2% in 2011 on 2010) : it is a very important market for the companies that Tisslaine assists in their export drive.

    The 10 companies that will unveil their A/W 13/14 collections on the French Pavilion, which represent the key segments of the industry, are listed below; further details can be provided upon request. For the full catalogue, please follow this link.

    AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ has two collections - Fabien Doligez and Opening. The former is a collection of plain and fancy weaves, playing with co-ordinated colours; the latter is a Jacquard collection, with fancy yarn-dyed fabrics.

    AVELANA S.N. is unveiling its A/W range of unique designs, made in wool and blends, the stress being on refined fabrics for the modern woman. The collection has a range of technical finishes, including the new carbonium fibre, which combines valuable fabric performance with style. AVELANA's stretch fabrics are easy-care, crease-free, stain-resistant and washable.

    The company has an agent in the UK.

    DEVEAUX is a specialist in digital printing, as well as the fabrication of a range of woven and knitted fabrics, be they yarn-dyed, Jacquards, plains, or Dobby. The company can offer textile confinement as part of the production process.

    DEVEAUX has agents in the UK and the Irish Republic.

    DUTEL operates a mill offering a large, modern and diverse collection of Jacquards and textured fabrics, ranging from classic designs to trend-driven fabrics for womenswear. The company develops original designs using specific textiles to suit client requirements; it can also amend current designs quickly.

    DUTEL offers standard European eight-week delivery terms and has an agent in the UK.

    MALHIA KENT has an in-house creative team that fabricates its woven fabrics for haute couture and top-of-the-range womenswear. The fabrics, including fancy tweeds, open-work fabrics, sequined materials and Jacquards, are 100% manufactured in France.

    The company's A/W range has various sources of inspiration, including animal fur, blurred landscapes, extravagant mixtures, raffia, graphic design, hand-woven crafts and used metal.

    PHILEA creates high-quality innovative plain, prints and Jacquard-woven materials that are made in Europe. The A/W collection includes a variety of deep colours and winter pastels. Granite-like materials, plain or chiné wools, silky fabrics with a subtle sheen and dark Jacquards that mix contrasting finishes have been developed. Patterns are inspired by reptile designs, Asiatic influences, and abstract paintings, and include new unstructured squares.

    PHILEA has an agent in the UK.

    SOFILETA specialises in functional stretch knits, ultra-fine knits and technical wovens, as well as new fabrics for down jackets and technical fabrics with digital prints.

    SOFILETA has an agent in the UK.

    SPRINTEX specialises in rotary and inkjet prints, along with combined plains. The company regularly offers new products and patterns, supplying fabrics that enable clients to build their own collection, be it in womenswear, childrenswear or menswear.

    SPRINTEX is seeking a UK agent.

    J. TOURNIER & FILS specialises in both mid-range and high-quality fabrics for ladies' jackets and coats using alpaca, angora, cashmere, mohair and wool. Multicolour tweeds, glossy sections and geometric designs in Jacquards on a mohair-brushed base are features of J. TOURNIER's range, which uses strong colours.

    J. TOURNIER has an agent in the UK.

    VELCOREX operates a mill specialising in dyeing and finishing, as well as in the fabrication of corduroy fabrics. VELCOREX produces elaborate corduroy, flats and sportswear fabrics using natural fibres. The company has proven expertise in pigment dye, two tones and coating.

    About Tisslaine
    Tisslaine France Promotion is the national trade association that assists French textile companies in their export drive.

    The association is organising the first French Pavilion to feature at the London Textile Fair, which will take place in London (UK) from 18 to 19 July 2012. The presence of a French Pavilion at the trade show is supported by France's Secretary of State for Foreign Trade.

    For further information about the London Textile Fair, please go to:

    For further information about Tisslaine France Promotion and the French textile industry, please go to: or contact Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.

    For further information, please contact :

    Quote ref. : FTPB3752
    Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
    UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
    Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640
    katherine.woods ( @ ) ubifrance dot fr
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